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Ever notice how some of the half-moon and rectangular blocks above the windows on the back side of New York City Hall haven’t been carved out? In a cost-saving measure, the city opted not to extend the decorative relief ornamentation to the north side of the building. At the time this south-facing building was constructed (1803-1812), City Hall was located at the northern end of the city limits, so the thinking was: who would notice the other side? This is just one of the ways the city cut costs on the building; they also decided to face the northern facade with the less expensive brownstone (which they painted white) rather than the marble that covered the building’s other three sides, saving the city $15,000. By the 1950s, the entire facade was in desperate need of repair—in particular the northern brownstone face, which Public Works Commissioner Frederick H. Zurmuhlen declared was in such bad shape that, “I could send my crew up there and knock a couple of tons of stone off with a tack hammer.” So, between 1954 and 1956 the city went to work giving the building a facelift, replacing all four sides with new white marble, but otherwise retaining the original 1812 architectural features (including the uncarved blocks of stone above the windows on the north side). To learn more about New York City’s early history, join us for our tour of “Revolutionary New York” this Tuesday, September 26th @ 12:00PM or Monday, October 9th @ 12:00 PM or our tour of “Lower Manhattan: Forging the Historic Metropolis" Saturday, September 30th @ 1:00 PM or Thursday, October 5th @ 12:00 PM.  #bigoniontours #newyorkcityhall #cityhall #1812 #cityhallpark #uncarvedblock #costcutting #savingmoney #brownstone #paintedwhite #marble #whitemarble #restoration #buildingfacelift #1956 #buildinghistory #nychistory #nycarchitecture #nyclandmark #historylover #knowyourcity #walkthecity #autumninnewyork

1 0 Sep 24, 2017

I love our morning strolls 👫

32 1 Sep 24, 2017

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood 🎶

49 2 Sep 24, 2017

Boston 1st Fall Sunday 🍂🍁 My favorite area in Boston #boston #fall #city #usa #brownstone #americandream #travel #frenchieinboston #sunday

17 0 Sep 24, 2017

The first-ever Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse opens Friday! The Brooklyn Heights Association partnered with New York Cottages & Gardens to have this five-story brownstone outfitted by NYC's top designers. We partnered with Electrolux and top designer, Doreen Chambers to create a beautiful fourth floor laundry room. . . Stop by to see how this home has been transformed into pure luxury. Click the link in bio for details. . . #BHA #Brooklyn #NYCDesigners #Electrolux #ajm❤️home

14 1 Sep 24, 2017

Fantasy vs. Reality

170 4 Sep 24, 2017

Interesting to see the view between the #brownstone buildings in #uppereastside #newyork #penguins #urbanlife #weekend #september

2 0 Sep 24, 2017

I realized this morning that I hadn't yet shown you the beautiful #brownstone #homes in Brooklyn!! This borough is filled with beauty!! Each gorgeous tree-lined street boasts these #iconic #houses 🏡 SERIES OF FOUR PICS, PLEASE SWIPE RIGHT!! #summer2017 #newyork_instagram #brooklyn #ilovebrooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity #ilovenewyork #usa

102 17 Sep 24, 2017

UWS brownstone beauty! #alliesnyc #bestofuws #brownstone #luxuryhomes #uws

8 0 Sep 24, 2017

The light will always win over darkness 🥂 • • • • • #southend #boston #newengland #rustic #escape #brownstone #patio #light #happiness #spreadjoy #igboston #igboston617 #bos

36 0 Sep 24, 2017

Brooklyn Morning

21 1 Sep 24, 2017
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